A man was charged for driving the wrong way on US-401 on Monday night in Garner, September 29. Adam Lightsey was cited for traveling southbound in the northbound traffic and an expired inspection sticker. Local news reports reveal that Mr. Lightsey stated he was unfamiliar with the road and did not see the median.
One of the vehicles swerved, trying to avoid Lightsey’s car, and landed in a ditch. Michael Clark drove behind this vehicle. Clark also swerved, to avoid a head- on collision with Lightsey, but was unable to get over far enough, resulting in his car hitting the right front headlight of Lightsey’s vehicle.
A van behind Clark, driven by Clarice Davis, was unable to stop or avoid collision. Davis slammed into the back of Clark’s vehicle. The side of Davis’ van was struck by Lightsey’s vehicle. Both of the Clark and Davis' vehicles landed close to the median. Lightsey’s vehicle came to rest in the middle of the road. Mrs. Davis was transported to WakeMed with injuries.
Trooper Matt Cape stated that alcohol nor drugs were involved in the accident.
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